Having previously written about Western followers of Hinduism choosing different paths, I was interested to receive a comment from another Westerner who is following the Shakti path of Mātā Amritanandamayī Devī, known as Amma, the hugging saint.
Stacy, or “Amma’s Child” has created an amazing page dedicated to Amma. It is easy to see the depth of her devotion to Kālī Mā (mother Kali), and Amma her Satguru. Part of her comment on this site says:
When I read up on this Goddess, Kali felt very familiar to me, like someone I already knew. Once I chanted her mantra “om kali ma”, I felt my heart go deeper, aching for her more.
This feeling of familiarity, already knowing what you are reading for the first time, is something I experienced also. Often when reading Saivite Scriptures I feel that it is just reminding me of something that I already know in my heart.
It is nice to hear from a Western follower of the Shakti path. I have previously had comments from Western Shaivas, Vishnavas, and Smartas, this now means that I have heard from Westerners following all four major paths of Hinduism.
Shaktis and Shaivas are both worshippers of Shiva-Shakti, but approaching from a different angle. To the Savite Shakti is the feminine power of Shiva, whereas to the Shakti Shiva is the transcendent aspect of the Goddess.(Image Shiva-Shakti Released into Public Domain by the Himalayan Academy)